Reasons to Visit
The dramatic Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are thought to be the result of particles in solar winds emanating from the sun in the region of the magnetic North Pole. The Northwest Territories and the Yukon offer some of the best viewing of this natural phenomenon in Canada.
Canada enjoys a busy schedule of festivals and events, the majority of which take place during the summer months. Perhaps the most well-known of all the annual events is the Calgary Stampede, a ten-day festival which takes place in the second week of July. Dating back to 1912, the event showcases the area’s Wild West roots, with chuck-wagon races, a rodeo, bands, dancing and exhibitions.
There are approximately one million First Nations Canadians today. Their origins stem from the end of the last Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, when nomadic tribes followed herds of bison and mammoth across the land bridge joining Siberia and Alaska.
Canada is well known for its salmon, as well as for fresh lobster. People travel from all over the world to fish in these amazingly clear waters, and both fish and seafood are a regular feature on restaurant menus.
Canada is blessed with some of the world’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery, from old-grown rainforests, deserted beaches and crystal-clear lakes, to rugged mountains, national parks and agricultural pastures, there is a different view to enjoy at every turn.
Canada has the longest coastline in the world, and therefore boasts a colourful maritime history which is proudly exhibited in a variety of museums throughout the country.
Canada is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast. Each province offers a diversity of year-round activities, with walking, white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking, horse riding, fishing, skiing and dog sledding amongst the most popular.
There are some spectacular rail journeys on offer in Canada, taking you deep into national parks and through the mighty Rockies. You can choose to travel in style whilst enjoying the scenery as many of the routes have comfortable cabins and excellent on-board services.
Canada has wonderful roads – scenic, safe and largely empty. Self-driving is a great way to explore the country at your own pace, enjoying the beautiful landscapes as you go.
Canada is rightly famous for its bears – black, grizzly and of course, polar bears can all be seen in abundance, but the country is also home to wolves, caribou, moose, must oxen, whales and an array of spectacular birdlife.
The Okanagan region of Canada, located in central British Columbia between the Rockies and Vancouver, is fast becoming a well regarded wine producing area with a unique micro climate that enables several grape varieties to be grown. The area is renowned for its vineyards, warm climate, rolling fertile orchards and its proximity to Lake Okanagan.
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Canada & Alaska
Newfoundland and Labrador evoke images of majestic mountains and rugged ocean shores. In early summer, icebergs glide along 'Iceberg Alley' through seas rich with whales and sealions.
Newfoundland and Labrador evoke images of majestic mountains and rugged ocean shores.
In early summer icebergs, shorn from 10,000 year old glaciers, glide along Iceberg Alley through seas rich with whales and sealions.
The seabird colonies here are the largest in the northern hemisphere, attracting over 35 million seabirds annually. In the interior, moose and herds of caribou trek through primeval forests whilst the very northern tip of the island is home to L’Anse aux Meadows, the only authenticated Viking site in North America.
St. John’s is the pretty historic capital with more pubs per square kilometre than any other city on the continent: island hospitality is renowned and will surely be a lasting memory of your stay. The cuisine here is as diverse as the province’s heritage. From jiggs dinner to toutons and molasses to the mug-up, Newfoundland dishes have been handed down for generations and are a feature of this province’s distinctive appeal.
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